This was an excellent follow-up book in the series of (Promises to Keep), which follows Amy’s forced marriage to Charlie, a much older man, because of her so-called disgrace that she brought to her family. It was a marriage made in hell, as was only to be expected. I am impressed with how well this author depicts the lives of poor farmers in New Zealand in the late 1800’s. The women coped with pregnancy after pregnancy because they had no means of preventing them, whilst husbands demanded their rights. Women had no rights in those days.
After one beating too many, Amy suddenly finds the strength to stand up to Charlie and life slowly improves for her, but she now needs to protect her eldest son from his father’s anger.
A secret from the first book, which Amy thought buried, rears its ugly head and causes her great distress at the end of this book.
The third book in the series – Settling the Account is sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read! I can’t wait.
This is the 6th book I have reviewed as a Sane Reviewer for the Mad Reviewer’s Challenge. I only signed up for 12 reviews. It is only March and I am halfway there already, with at least two more reviews waiting to be written. Shows what I spent my time doing on my holidays!